Free from Thought (when you choose to be)

Why would anyone want to be free from thought?

Quite simply, because thought is the source of ALL your pain and suffering. So unless you are masochistic by nature and like to suffer – actually fairly common from what I have observed, although admittedly unconsciously as I don’t think any sane person would consciously choose to suffer – it seems logical to me that you would choose to aleviate yourself of the cause of pain.

I’m not talking about thought in terms of the skills you have learnt or useful knowledge to perform tasks, but about psychological knowledge which constitutes your world view, opinions and beliefs (memory).

Not sure what the heck I’m talking about or what that actually means? Okay, so just sit in a comfortable position for a moment, take a few deep breaths and consciously relax your body. Now consciously relax your mind while still breathing deeply and slowly become more and more relaxed…

Negate all thought, even if just for a few seconds and while your mind is free of thought, albeit for a brief moment, be aware of the feelings and sensations.

Is there pain? Suffering? Anguish, worry, fear…? Judgement, criticism, complaint…?

Is there peace, harmony, tranquility? An absence of need, want or desire?

Is anything important?

That’s what I’m talking about. Regardless of whether or not it is possible to remain in such a state for any significant length of time, I consciously and clearly desire to be there.

“Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory” Albert Schweitzer

“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind” Lionel Hampton

“People don’t realize that now is all there ever is; there is no past of furture except as memory or anticipation in your mind” Eckhart Tolle



We are all caught in a very subtle trap, and it all starts with memory.

Our first memories are usually from the ages of 3+ so as a new-born child and infant we have no memory. This is important because it is memory that creates “me” and “my story” through experience, knowledge and possession. This is mine, that was my birthday, I experienced that, I suffered this…When memory begins, we are immediately isolated from the world around us as “me” and begin to see the world through this “me” rather than just as it is.

As our knowledge and experience is added to and reinforced we become more and more sure of certain things which become our beliefs. So memory (stored in the brain) forms our beliefs. We continue to accumulate knowledge and experience about ourselves so becoming more sure of our self image.

The source of our ills stems exactly from this capacity to remember. Our memory creates “me” and it creates our beliefs. With this internal framework of what we believe the world to be like and what we believe ourself to be like we create the filter with which we experience reality.

So we are always looking at and experiencing reality through our memory – that is, the past. By definition, our vision of the world is not real nor actual. It is, and will always be, limited, That is why we generally repeat the same behaviours and mistakes over and over in life, perhaps fine-tuning this or that and learning a little from our mistakes, but our fundamental beliefs and core values remain the same over time.

So we are limited by what our memory dictates to us in the form of beliefs and habits and these define our quality of life. We then look to this same memory for answers on how to change habits and beliefs to improve our quality of life. Doesn’t make sense – a problem cannot solve itself!

So, if we cannot ask the question “how do I change”, what can we do?

Observe without memory

Only when your brain is silent can the mind (universal intelligence) guide you in right action. And that can only happen NOW. Not tomorrow, gradually over time or any other moment in the future.

The only time you will ever “change” is right now, and the only way you will achieve this is by doing nothing – just observing without memory (a silent brain). Don’t ask how to observe without memory because you are asking memory about that!! Just do it 🙂

“We need silence to be able to touch souls” Maria Teresa